Top 10 Family Board Games (with 5 bonus because we couldn’t all agree) 2016 Edition

Top 10 Family Board Games (with 5 bonus because we couldn’t all agree) 2016 Edition

Games, Media "Reviews"
I own around 70 board/card games. Some are simple card games that take about 5 minutes to play other are elaborate affairs with multiple boards, miniatures, and pieces that can take hours and hours to play. My family is finally old enough for all of us to play a board game and stay engaged. We play a whole bunch of games, and since my son has a YouTube channel we thought we would make a top 10 list of our favorites to play as a family. Well, we ended up with 15 because there were games that got pushed off the top 10 that we still wanted to play. These are all games that would work well with a family of 4. In the review we talk about how certain…
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Board Games for Youth Groups: Codenames

Board Games for Youth Groups: Codenames

Games, Youth Ministry Ideas
I am a big board game fan and I love to use board games to break down barriers with my youth. One of of the games we play these days is a game called Codenames.  Codenames is a team based clue giving game similar to games like "Catch Phrase" or "Taboo" where on person is trying to get his team to guess a word based on a clue. The difference with Codenames is that the word is one of 25 words printed on cards set out on a table and your clue can only be 1 word. As the clue-giver you try to give one word clues that can fit multiple cards while avoiding the words that are there for your opponents.  Pros: This is a great youth group game…
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That Dragon Cancer

That Dragon Cancer

Games
There is a game that was just released called "That Dragon, Cancer." It was developed by a man who lost his son to cancer after a long, long battle. The trailer (posted below) makes me want to run away and not think about it again, but at the same time that makes me feel small and weak and not just a little mean. It is sort of like the fact that since my kids are healthy I want to run away from even thinking a reality where that isn't the case. But I want to play this game. I want to walk through it and feel through it and maybe in some way understand just a little more about the stories that we all share in this world. I haven't…
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SNES

Games, My Life
Long ago I gave my old SNES to my brother-in-law (he was young at the time). Well recently Nathan has developed a love for all things Mario so this weekend I brought my old Super Nintendo Entertainment System home and hooked it up. A couple of quick observations: 1) I must have played Super Mario World (the one with the Yoshi and the feathers that makes you have a cape) a whole bunch because I remember each world, including where to duck for off screen stuff. 2) F-Zero was a game that I played for hours and I have no clue how. The flicker on the track makes my eyes hurt. 3) Star Fox on the SNES was revolutionary at the time. I played it more than I would like…
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New Super Mario Bro Wii

Games
No big spiritual lesson here but I am digging on playing a 2D platformer again, especially one as beautiful as Mario. Last year I spent some serious time with Braid (a 2D platformer that is wicked hard, but ultimately very rewarding) but other than messing around on my SNES with Nathan it has been years since I have played a game like this. Within moments I was holding down the "1" button so I could run fast and letting my thumb press the "2" button to jump as I ran. It took probably 2 worlds for me to really remember how to play these sorts of games, but once I did I found myself taken back to those days right after high school sitting with my Nintendo or my SNES…
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